UPDATE, MARCH 8, 2022: Still underway on spec, Rainbow II has changed course for her interior design. Originally, the concept called for high-gloss mahogany, ebony inlays, and other classic touches. Now, however, Turquoise Yachts and the design teams have revealed a lighter, more modern decor (below), decidedly Scandinavian. Lighter tones characterize walls and fabrics, although rich mahogany cabinetry adds a power punch. The shipyard says the combination lends a higher look to ceilings and more volume overall.
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While Turquoise Yachts has earned a reputation for motoryachts, it has a superyacht sloop in build at present, too. She’s Rainbow II, whose profile and interior call to mind the classic cruisers of the early 20th century.
While the project started in The Netherlands, seeing just her hull completed, the Turkish shipyard took over. Her original design teams remain onboard, however. In fact, Dykstra Naval Architects redesigned her as a sloop, instead of the originally intended schooner. For some perspective, her mainsail measures 6,458 square feet (600 square meters), her yankee sail is 4,575 square feet (425 square feet), and her staysail encompasses 3,068 square feet (285 square meters). Finally, her gennaker comes in at 17,222 square feet (1,600 square meters). The 168’4” (51.32-meter) Rainbow II will pursue bluewater cruising, which additionally remains unchanged.
Guests can enjoy the thrill of sailing from the main cockpit. High bulwarks aboard Rainbow II should keep them comfortable underway, too. When the yacht drops anchor, the owners can turn the aft cockpit, primarily for crew use during navigation, into their own private alfresco area. It’s possible because of clever access connecting their full-beam, skylight-enhanced stateroom, below decks. (Beam is 27 feet/8.26 meters).
Their stateroom, and the rest of the interior, is enveloped in glossy mahogany, with ebony inlays and burl accents. It’s tradition at its finest, from deVosdeVries Design. Rainbow II will welcome big family gatherings, especially in the 12-person dining area and main saloon (below). While the main saloon is the intended center of social attention, interestingly, the yacht has an additional lounge below decks. It’s in proximity to the four guest staterooms, which include a VIP, two twins, and a double. Should the owners want to have extra guests onboard, though, the lounge’s settee converts to sleep two.
Run by nine crewmembers, Rainbow II will also carry an 18-foot (5.5-meter) tender upon completion in 2021. Guests can board and disembark via a side-boarding platform and ladder on the main yacht.
deVosdeVries Design devosdevriesdesign.nl
Dykstra Naval Architects dykstra-na.nl
Turquoise Yachts turquoiseyachts.com